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Kim Jong Un Packing on Pounds Amid Binging, Anxiety

Spies say he is also suffering from insomnia, not exactly a picture of health

(Newser) - Combining a toxic cocktail of binge eating and drinking with rampant insomnia and paranoia, Kim Jong Un has gained a whopping 90 pounds since taking over as the leader of North Korea four years ago, according to South Korea's spy agency. The big problem: Kim apparently is deeply fearful... More »

For Insomnia, Toss the Sleeping Pills, Try Therapy

It may require more work, but researchers say the evidence supports pursuing therapy over pills

(Newser) - The American College of Physicians is issuing new guidelines on how to treat insomnia based on evidence suggesting that the side effects of sleeping pills are "underestimated," while the success of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT-I) is compelling. "The evidence is quite strong that cognitive behavioral therapy is... More »

Why You Toss and Turn the First Night in a Strange Place

Blame the left side of your brain: researchers

(Newser) - If you find it hard to doze off on your first night in unfamiliar surroundings, you're not alone—and it may be because you're like a dolphin. In a study published in Current Biology , Brown University scientists found this type of sleep disturbance (referred to as the "... More »

CDC: This Is America's Most Sleep-Deprived Group

Half of single moms and 42% of single dads say they don't feel rested most mornings

(Newser) - Sleep problems are widespread in the US, affecting adults and kids alike, but a new survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that single moms not only sleep less than any other demographic, they also have a harder time falling and staying asleep and they are more... More »

Cows' 'Night Milk' May Help You Sleep Better

That was the case with lab mice, anyway

(Newser) - If you've tried a warm glass of milk to help ease you into sleep at night and it hasn't worked, perhaps it was just milked at the wrong time. The Wall Street Journal reports on a somewhat whimsical sounding potential treatment for anxiety and insomnia: "night milk.... More »

15 Sad, Strange Things That Keep Us Up at Night

...but some are wonderful, too

(Newser) - What keeps Americans up at night? Thanks to a joint venture between a Knoxville public radio station and the University of Tennessee, that's being revealed, at least through an East Tennessee lens. The crowdsourcing project, dubbed Tenn Words, began in mid-May. Residents are asked to anonymously answer the question... More »

The Solution to Your Sleep Woes: a Waterfall?

Irish falls video has helped so many insomniacs it's now used in medical research

(Newser) - "Makes me feel at peace," "My headache soon went away," and "With this through my headphones, studying never has been easier" are just a handful of the comments you'll find underneath a viral YouTube video created by UK visual artist Johnnie Lawson. But Lawson... More »

'Just Being Awake at Night' May Be Suicide Risk Factor

Study finds suicide rate peaks at 2am hour

(Newser) - People are more likely to commit suicide after midnight, and the suicide rate peaks between 2am and 3am, according to a new study. Using data from the American Time Use Survey, which calculates the proportion of Americans who are awake at any given hour, as well as the National Violent... More »

Depressed? Tackling Your Insomnia First Could Help

New study could lead to major shift in treatment

(Newser) - We might be on the verge of what the New York Times calls "the most significant [advance] in the treatment of depression since the introduction of Prozac in 1987": a new way of looking at treatment for depression and insomnia. More than half of Americans who suffer from depression... More »

Wives' Insomnia Hurts Wedded Bliss

Same isn't true for husbands' lack of sleep: Study

(Newser) - If your wife has a poor night’s sleep, it can be bad news for the marriage—but if it’s your husband who can’t drift off, that’s no problem, a study finds. After a woman’s night of tossing and turning, the likelihood of an argument the... More »

30 Cities in Need of Sleep

Five are in West Virginia, with Charleston No. 1

(Newser) - Think you aren't getting enough shut-eye? Chances are your neighbors agree with you. Sleep-deprivation can be a regional problem, the Daily Beast explains, with certain areas harder hit because of higher rates of obesity, heart disease, and smoking. The site crunched some numbers on insomnia and sleep meds to... More »

You Don't Need 8 Hours of Sleep ... in a Row

It's more natural to sleep in two four-hour shifts

(Newser) - If you often wake up in the middle of the night and can’t fall back asleep right away, you probably call it “insomnia”—but it might actually be more natural than sleeping for eight hours straight. "The dominant pattern of sleep, arguably since time immemorial, was... More »

Tired? Could Be Your 'Sexsomnia'

Study: A tenth of men with sleep disorders have sex while asleep

(Newser) - A surprising number of people are having sex in their sleep, according to a Canadian study. Researchers speaking to people with suspected sleep disorders found that more than 10% of men and 4% of women admitted that they'd engaged in sexual activity—ranging from masturbation to full intercourse—while asleep.... More »

Not Sleeping Enough Can Kill You

Those who get less than 6 hours a night die earlier, says study

(Newser) - If you consistently get less than six hours of sleep, you'd better have your affairs in order. A group of researchers in the UK and Italy say that, by examining 16 separate studies, they've proven that not sleeping enough can lead to an early demise, the Guardian reports. The studies... More »

Americans Sleepless, Sexless

Not getting enough rest takes a toll on work, social, sex lives

(Newser) - Americans are getting by on less and less rest, a survey by the National Sleep Foundation reveals. Fewer than half of Americans say they get a good night's sleep, and average sleep times are about 2 hours shorter than those reported 40 years ago. Sleeplessness is taking a toll not... More »

Insomnia Linked to Shrinking Brains

Decision-making part of the brain less dense in chronic insomniacs

(Newser) - In news unlikely to make insomniacs rest any easier, a study has linked sleepless nights to loss of gray matter for the first time. Neurologists using brain imaging technology found that chronic insomniacs had significantly lower brain density in the parts of the brain responsible for resting and decision-making. They... More »

Not Tonight, Honey, I'm Sleepy

Most Brits prefer snoozing to other bed activities, survey says

(Newser) - As bedroom activities go, more than three-quarters of Britons would choose a really good night of sleep over sex, writes the Telegraph. And with 79% preferring extra shut-eye, about 70% reported trouble sleeping, and 25% suspected insomnia. Although many people believe 8 hours per night is necessary, nearly everyone is... More »

New Drug Promises Better Sleep for the Jet-Lagged

Substance works a lot like today's popular but unregulated melatonin supplements

(Newser) - A new drug promises to put an end to jet lag and enable better sleep for travelers, swing-shift crews, and insomniacs, the Economist reports. Tasimelteon works a lot like today's popular but unregulated melatonin supplements, bonding with brain receptors to stimulate melatonin production and REM sleep. The distinction is significant... More »

Reasons You're Losing Snoozes

Forbes explains why Americans aren't getting enough sleep

(Newser) - The health benefits of sleep are well-documented, but catching Zs isn't so easy in a society all about hard work and an active lifestyle. Forbes runs down some reasons Americans aren't getting enough quality time with their pillows.
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Are We Getting More Zzzs? Experts Have to Sleep on It

Surveys differ on whether Americans get enough sleep

(Newser) - Americans slept more in 2005 than in 2000, according to a new study that counters claims of widespread sleep-deprivation. Yanks averaged 59 weekly hours of sleep in 2005, up from 56 hours in 2000, say University of Maryland researchers using Census data that account for every minute of the day.... More »

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